The critique of practical reason kritik der praktischen vernunft is the second of immanuel kants three critiques published in 1788 it follows on from kants critique of pure reason and deals with his moral philosophy the second critique exercised a decisive influence over the subsequent development of the field of ethics and moral philosophy beginning with johann gottlieb fichtes . The critique of practical reason is the second volume in immanuel kants major critique project immanuel kant 1724 1804 is considered one of the giants of philosophy of his age or any other it is largely this book that provides the foundation of this assessment whether one loves kant or hates him philosophically that is one cannot . Kant is famous for the concept of a categorical imperative and indeed as he builds his critique of practical reason points out that all reason including pure reason is practical in that it points to a humans duty or sense of obligation to fulfill and do what is moral. The critique of practical reason by immanuel kant translated by philip mcpherson rudisill posted september 18 2012 edited as of 9 10 2016 beginning on page xiii of kants religion within the bounds of sheer reason a concise summary of this critique of practical reason is available and a more expansive summary may be found in kant in a nutshell. Summary the critique of practical reason contains two sections the doctrine of elements containing the analytic of pure practical reason and the dialectic of pure practical reason these section headings are the same as those of the critique of pure reason overall the analytic contains the arguments for the categorical imperative as the one true moral principle and for the identity of
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